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Malaysia's daily Covid-19 cases back above 6,000 on Oct 21

The Kepong Metropolitan Lake Garden, Selangor. The country’s cumulative coronavirus infections stood at 2,413,592 as of Thursday (Oct 21). (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

The Kepong Metropolitan Lake Garden, Selangor. The country’s cumulative coronavirus infections stood at 2,413,592 as of Thursday (Oct 21). (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 21): Malaysia's new Covid-19 cases rose to 6,210 on Thursday — up 12.58% from 5,516 a day earlier — after staying below the 6,000 mark for three consecutive days.

Of the latest infections, 6,168 were local transmissions and 42 were imported cases, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.

According to him, only 116 or 1.9% of Thursday's cases were regarded as serious (Categories 3,4 and 5), while the other 6,094 or 98.1% were Categories 1 and 2 cases.

Meanwhile, 677 individuals were being cared for in intensive care units, of whom 501 were confirmed to be positive for Covid-19 while 176 were suspected cases.

Of these, 319 patients needed ventilators to help them breathe, including 205 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Daily recoveries continued to exceed daily infections at 7,562, bringing the total recoveries to 2,304,851. In contrast, the country's cumulative Covid-19 infections to date is 2,413,592.

In terms of Covid-19 clusters, Dr Noor Hisham said six new clusters were identified in the last 24 hours, for a total of 591 active clusters.

Three of the new clusters were related to communities detected in Selangor, Sabah and Negeri Sembilan, involving a total of 74 infections.

Two others were workplace clusters in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor with a total of 61 infections, while a high-risk group cluster identified in Sabah had 34 infections.

256,497 daily Covid-19 vaccine doses administered on Oct 20; 38.7% of adolescents fully vaccinated

A total of 22,047,448 individuals or 94.2% of the adult population of the country had completed their Covid-19 vaccination as of Wednesday (Oct 20).

Based on the Health Ministry’s data on the COVIDNOW portal, they were among 97.3% of the adult population or 22,775,864 individuals who had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

A total of 256,497 doses of the vaccine were dispensed on Wednesday, up from 134,684 the day before.

As for teenagers aged 12 to 17 years, a total of 2,509,535 individuals or 79.7% of those in the age group had received at least the first dose of the vaccine, including 1,218,000 individuals or 38.7% had completed the vaccination.

Lam Jian Wyn & S Kanagaraju